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  • Why giant corporations aren’t “evil”

    A lot of people lately think that giant corporations are evil and made up of terrible people who are greedy liars and that small businesses are good and honest and are far better. I’m here to tell you you’re completely wrong.

    I’m gonna tell you a made-up story, but it is similar to what probably happened. The setting is 20 years ago in a small town in arkansas. There are 4 department stores in town. One called Wal-Mart, the others department store #1, #2, and #3. They were all pretty good department stores, but the store called Wal-Mart had better customer service, sold better quality products, and so people shopped there a lot more than at department stores #1, #2, and #3. Over time, Wal-Mart accumulated so much money that they opened another store, and another, and another. Now, in 2009, they are a giant corporation with hundreds of stores. People who don’t know this story just assume that Wal-mart is evil and the smaller department stores are much better. Well, 20 years ago, Wal-Mart started off just like the other department stores, but was the best department store there was in the area back then. So then they expanded and got to be a big corporation. They didn’t start off huge, they started off just like the other department stores and because they had better customer service and sold better quality products, they are the huge mega-chain of department stores they are today.

    Understand yet? Corporations aren’t evil!

    My second story also takes place 20 years ago in 1989, but in Seattle. There is a store called Starbucks, and Coffee Store #1, #2, and #3. The 4 coffee stores were all very small and only had 1 store, but Starbucks made a better cup of coffee than the other coffee stores, and then made enough money to expand. The only reason they are a huge chain of coffee stores now is that they made a better cup of coffee 20 years ago. They started off the same as the other coffee stores, but they got to be the best by making the best coffee, its simple.

    So now hopefully you see that small businesses aren’t always the best. Also, larger corporations employ way more people, offer better deals on lots of products, which is always good in a bad economy like this. Also, they offer better healthcare than most small businesses can afford. Larger corporations also circulate more money through the economy, and also give back more taxes to the government, which comes right back to spend on you.

    Corporations are not evil!

    Scott

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    3 Responses

    1. I agree with your premises, but reject your conclusion. These conglomerates, whilst having started with humble means, are now very much “evil”. They have humungous advertising budgets and can develop wherever they wish because of their capital. This means they can capture a market, not through superior product, but simply by renown. Starbucks is a case in point. And while you say this is good for this company, growing from its simple beginning, it denies other companies that opportunity by quashing any chances it had to succeed.
      Starbucks, too, is a prime example of a greed-run enterprise gone wrong. Last year they were forced to close more than 60% of their stores in Australia due to overexpansion, leaving the employees jobless. Consider a series of smaller coffee shops here. This would be a very different situation.
      Now such businesses are run by money-hungry CEOs who have caused the currentt financial situation, leaving even more people without jobs through their mismanagement of money.
      You have stated that large businesses put more money back into the economy through their higher tax rates. However, in general these companies pay their employees less (McDonalds, for example), whereas smaller companies often pay their employees more, putting more money back into the economy directly through consumer spending by their employees.
      Just a thought.
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      Scott: First off, thanks for being mature about this (I have gotten a lot of comments from annoying immature people who would befriend Osama Bin Laden before a corporate executive)
      Second off, I am now thinking that many corporations aren’t ‘evil’, while many are. Its crazy to say that everyone who owns a corporation is evil. I guess I didn’t correctly say that corporations put more money back into the economy through higher tax rates in the way that a lot of that money goes to a certain state. For example, when you buy something at Wal-Mart, part of that money goes to the government, and the state of arkansas. When you buy something at Target, part of that money goes to the government and the state of minnesota. Although many corporations may not pay their salespeople as much, they do put a significant amount of money back into the economy.

    2. The Center for Media Research has released a study by Vertical Response that shows just where many of these ‘Main Street’ players are going with their online dollars. The big winners: e-mail and social media. With only 3.8% of small business folks NOT planning on using e-mail marketing and with social media carrying the perception of being free (which they so rudely discover it is far from free) this should make some in the banner and search crowd a little wary.

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    3. Corporations are not ‘evil’, anymore than a country can be ‘evil’. Business have good employees and bad employees, plain and simple. A CEO who is conniving and money hungry is going to be just as money hungry if he ran a mom-n-pop store instead of a corporation. In the corporation he just has access to more money and different legal representation and tax liability. STOP blaming the entity and blame the particular persons who do actions that make the corporation look bad. There are thousands of ‘good’ corporations too, they just don’t make the news.

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